Wolfhound Wednesday
May 23, 2018

Our preschool students enjoying a popsicle treat outside for their Lenten Good Deed party.

In This Issue
Upcoming Events:

Thurs, May 24
Celebration of Learning
(6:30 - 8 pm)

Mon, May 28
Memorial Day - No School

Thurs, May 31
8th Grade Graduation Reception (6 pm)

Fri, June 1
Last Day of School - Early Release at 1 pm

Wed, June 6
Report Cards Published

Save the Dates:

Mon, Aug 20
Meet the Teacher & Parent Admin Day (4-6 pm)

Mon & Tues, Aug 20 & 21
K WOW Days

Wed, Aug 22
First Day of School

Fri, Oct 19
Barn Bash

Dear Parents,

As Memorial Day approaches we are grateful for the many blessings of the  2017-18 school year. Yesterday we celebrated our student athletes who have participated in winter and spring sports.  Following this recognition, the annual 8 th grade vs. Faculty volleyball game took place.  All students and staff enjoyed these spirited events.

This week we are also celebrating students' spiritual, academic and personal growth.  Student-led conferences are taking place at home on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This opportunity allows both the student and the parents to review and celebrate a year's worth of spiritual growth and academic learning.  A community celebration of learning will take place on Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Please join us for a joyful, fun-filled celebration of our school year.

Next week we will proudly graduate our 20th class of 8th grade students on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm.  Our last day of school will be June 1st and the day will begin with our annual 9:00 am Leadership Mass and teacher and staff recognition.  Please join us in prayer and celebration if your schedule allows.

As the end of the school year is rapidly approaching, we begin thinking about the calendar for the next year.  A few dates of note are "Parent Administration Day" and "Meet The Teacher" for grades 1- 8 which will both take place on Monday, August 20th  from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Incoming kindergarten students will also have WOW Day on August 20th and 21st and kindergarten parents will be receiving detailed information in the mail regarding this program.  The 1 st day of school for  2018-19 will be August 22nd.

I do have a few staff changes ready to announce at this time in addition to the previously announced retirements. (Please see complete stories below) We are happy to announce that Mrs. Kathy Stuart, our K - 2 intervention specialist, will be transitioning to the role of kindergarten teacher.  We are also pleased to announce that Mrs. Sara Hardin is returning to the middle school team for the 2018-19 school year.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and remember to honor our men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. armed forces.  

Kathy O'Reilly

P.S.  If you have not returned your FACTS tuition form yet, please return it to the school office by this Friday at the latest. 

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Photo Newsletters: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

Click the images below to view this week's photo newsletters and see what the classes have been up to.
Celebration of Learning - Tomorrow Night!
Thursday, May 24, 6:30-8 PM

Join our Celebration of Learning tomorrow night to enjoy:
  • A blessing of the new garden mosaic, with a choir performance
  • Drone challenges
  • 529 financial plans' new tax advantages info, with opportunities for a Q&A with St. Brigid parishioner Richard Clemens
  • A reception in the preschool rooms in honor of Mrs. DiDomenico's retirement
  • ...and many other student demonstrations and work displayed highlighting STREAM
Welcome Hillary Harper, Preschool Director

Welcome Hillary Harper, Preschool Director
Saint Brigid of Kildare School is excited to welcome Hillary Harper as preschool director. Hillary will be overseeing the preschool and supporting our program's goals of developing the whole child in a Catholic environment that enhances the growth and development of each child.

Hillary brings us skills she gained as an early intervention specialist with Fairfield County Educational Service Center, where she worked with students that have special needs ages 3-6. Hillary also has ten years of classroom experience in an elementary and early childhood setting, as well as four years of experience writing and editing curriculum for various educational publishing companies.

She is looking forward to using her knowledge of curriculum, child development, and educational practices to continue to offer a high quality preschool program to the community and parish, "I am looking forward to working in a faith based environment and helping the staff and students to grow in faith and community," says Hillary.

Hillary lives in Westerville with her husband (Matt), three children (Paige, Colleen, and Maggie), and three dogs. Hillary and her family are parishioners at St. Paul, and they enjoy working with the RescuedOhio dog rescue program as well as camping during the summer months.

Hillary can be reached at mrs.harper@stbrigid-school.org.

Congratulations on Your Retirement:

Maureen DiDomenico, Preschool Director
Maureen DiDomenico, preschool director, will be retiring from Saint Brigid of Kildare School this summer. Maureen has worked at Saint Brigid of Kildare School for 15 years, directing the preschool and welcoming and working with numerous parents and children in the program. Prior to working at Saint Brigid of Kildare School, Maureen opened the preschool at St. James the Less, and also taught first grade in Texas.

Maureen has loved working in this wonderful community of faith. She treasures the relationships she has formed here -- with Kathy O'Reilly who she feels is "a true visionary and I have grown so much professionally and personally from working beside her." She also feels privileged to have worked with the preschool staff who " continue to be amazing day in and day out," says Maureen. She has enjoyed watching the growth of the children over the years, and seeing the spark in the eyes of a child when they have a new understanding.

In her retirement, Maureen plans to travel to Chicago more freely to visit with her granddaughter, Olivia, so she can share experiences with her as often as she can (she already has trips planned for September, October and November!). She may also be on the list of substitute teachers here at the school.

Maureen wishes for the continued success of this program and school, and will continue to keep the community in her prayers.

Cindy Sovik, Secretary & Registration Coordinator
Cindy Sovik, secretary and registration coordinator, will be retiring from Saint Brigid of Kildare School this June. Cindy has worked at Saint Brigid of Kildare School for 20 years, providing support to the front office in many areas as well as managing the registration and enrollment process in the school. Prior to working at Saint Brigid of Kildare School, Cindy worked as a secretary in the corporate world for many years as well as a substitute secretary for Upper Arlington Schools.

Cindy feels she's been so blessed to work with great families and staff over these last 20 years. She says "It's been fun to watch students come in as wiggly little 5 year olds in our kindergarten and grow into young adults leaving us to go onto high school and beyond...they are definitely what keeps us all coming back to work each day!"

Though it was a hard decision to retire, Cindy is excited for new adventures in her future as she and her husband hope to do some traveling to see more of the National Parks and out of town family.

Cindy said, "I would like to thank the staff and the families for the kindness and good memories from Saint Brigid of Kildare!"

Michele Sapp, Kindergarten Teacher
Michele Sapp, kindergarten teacher, will be retiring from Saint Brigid of Kildare School at the end of this school year. Michele has worked at Saint Brigid of Kildare School for six years, teaching in kindergarten as well as third grade. Prior to working at Saint Brigid of Kildare School, Michele worked as a kindergarten aide at Immaculate Conception, where her five children attended school. She was a full time mom for 17 years, and also spent time teaching first grade at Trinity Elementary.  

Michele has enjoyed getting to know many of the St. Brigid families, " I appreciate everyone's dedication to the children each and every day at St. Brigid.  It is truly amazing."

In her retirement, Michele plans to spend more time with her mom who has Alzheimer's. She and her dad live in Powell.  Michele says that "after much prayer and consideration, I decided that I needed to help to take care of her."

Michele says that she hopes to be able to stop in and visit at St. Brigid, as she will miss everyone.

Parish Staff Congrats & Farewells:

Kim VanHuffel
Congratulations to Kim VanHuffel, a member of our staff at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish who has been involved in the RCIA Program and the EPIC (middle school program) as well as working with SYNTERO, our senior citizen program. Kim has accepted a position to be the Adult Faith Formation Director at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Powell, Ohio, effective June 1, 2018.
We are grateful for Kim's service and are happy to note that she and her family will remain as members of St. Brigid of Kildare Parish.

Tina White
Congratulations to Tina White, the Director of our Religious Education, grades Preschool through 4th grade. Tina has accepted a position of Director of Religious Education Program, at St. Mary Parish in Delaware Ohio, effective June 1, 2018. We thank Tina for her work here at St. Brigid as a Director and her work with our early childhood programs. We are happy that Tina and her family will remain as parishioners at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish.
Crucial Conversations Parent Survey

As we work to plan our next Crucial Conversations parent workshop, we would like to collect your input so that we can tailor our workshops to the needs and interests of parents here at St. Brigid of Kildare. 

If you haven't yet, please take just a minute to answer the 5-question survey. We greatly appreciate it!

Letters to Mom & Dad

Below are some letters our second grade families wrote to Mom & Dad in the last weeks.

Keep the Conversation Going Resources

13 Reasons Why  New Season
A second season of the popular 2017 Netflix Series,  13   Re asons  Why , debuted on May 18. The plot of the original series revolved around a teen suicide.We recommend parents view the series to decide if it is appropriate for your child. Also keep in mind that binge watching, especially for teens, can result in emotional overload.

Dr. John Ackerman of Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Suicide Prevention and Research was a resource in this SELF article about the release of the second season of 13 Reasons Why. 

Click here  for an article written by Dr. Ackerman about the original series. The article contains potential  reasons  why parents should be concerned about the 13 Reasons Why and how to talk to your children regarding suicide. 

At the link above is an article about teen anger, where it comes from, and how to deal.

Altar Server Awards

Congratulations to eighth grade students Amelia Pepe, Maria Voet and Brian Zetzer who recently received the Altar Server Award from Bishop Campbell for recognition of their hours of service. 

Pictured to the right are the students with Bishop Campbell when they received the award on May 13.
Uniform Sale

Educational Apparel is having a May Early Shopper's sale offering 30% off from now until May 31.

back-school-bus.jpg All Families: Register for Bus Transportation for 18-19

The transportation departments from Dublin, Hilliard and Olentangy schools request all new and returning families to register your students for busing this fall by July 31st, 2018. If you are a new family moving to the area, and don't know your new address yet, please contact them as soon as you have this information.

Click here for instructions for re-registering for transportation for the Dublin, Olentangy and Hilliard districts.
School   Supply   Kits
Deadline to order June 22, 2018

School   supplies  will be available to order through SchoolKidz. Lists for your child's  school   supplies  will go home in this week's Friday folders. SchoolKidz will only accept online orders.  School   supply   kits  will be delivered to students' homeroom classes by the first day of  school . The deadline to order  school   supplies  online is  June 15 .

If you would not like to order supplies through SchoolKidz, you can use the supply list in this week's Friday folders, purchase the items over the summer, and have your child bring them with them the first day of school. 

Order online at  http://www.shopttkits.com/  and use our school's code  12621.

SPICE "Get Moving" Summer Fitness

The "Get Moving"  SPiCE fitness program is returning this summer to help children get moving and into shape!  

The summer fitness program will take place twice a week beginning June  12th and continuing through  August 9th. Sessions will take place  on Tuesday mornings from  9-10:30 and  Thursday evenings from  6-7:30.

All  1st-4th grade students in St. Brigid School and parish are welcome to participate. The program will be especially sensitive to kids with special needs.

Sign up for each session at this link.


The following forms must be completed and turned in at your child's first session:

SBAA Fall Sports Registrations Open
Wolfhound Nation:  SBAA has opened fall sports registrations!

Fall sports include cross country, football, volleyball, girls tennis, golf, and lil hounds football. 

Click below for more info and to REGISTER NOW:  

Football 2018 Information
Football Registration is open for the 2018 season. 

REGISTER TODAY AT http://sbaa.siplay.com/site/  

St. Brigid Football Mini-Camps
Every Saturday morning starting June 2nd from 8:30a-10a at Brigid's Green across from the parish. These are completely optional. We are providing an opportunity to provide fundamental education and begin getting your boys acquainted with each other and the great coaches in the program. If you're not sure about playing next season, come out and see what St. Brigid football is all about!! There is no fee to attend the camps.

If you have not registered, a  separate consent form must be submitted prior to participation. C ontact Tim Long, Football Commissioner, at  football@gowolfhounds.com with questions .

BWHS Hockey Meeting
May 23 at 7:00 p.m.

2017-18 Capital Hockey Conference Blue Division Champion Bishop Watterson Varsity Hockey will hold an organizational meeting  May 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria for any students at or coming to BWHS in 2018 who would like to join our team. Everyone is welcome--from freshmen to seniors.

Coach Jay Graham will discuss the 2018-19 season and share opportunities available to students interested in playing hockey, as well as anyone seeking to engage in team management, score keeping and statistics. BWHS hockey is an inclusive, family-driven experience that competes at the varsity level of the CHC and travels to several tournaments. Fees are reasonable and the program parameters and opportunities are set by the player families. 

Please join us to share in the unequaled high school hockey experience. For more information, email bwhshockey@gmail.com, or visit us on Twitter @bwhsicehockey.

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